Musings of a New Zealand mixed media & textile artist
My joint exhibition opens in the McKee room at the Nelson Suter Art gallery next Tuesday (oct 2nd). I am frantically trying to complete pieces ready for this. My work is referencing old journeys and cartography so the titles reflect this...Marco Polo's Visions, the Mystic's Dream and similar names to capture the essence of the ancient. Colours are muted, romantic and have the feeling of fragile parchments, the edge of awareness...soft greens, rusts, the colours of earth and sand...come travel with me...
The new studio is progressing well, although always slower than hoped for... This lovely big window looks out to sea across the boulder bank towards the Abel Tasman National Park. I continue to dream of the work I will create there, the feeling I will hold to my heart as I allow the space to be the place where I can be the best of myself, to nourish my soul and allow the magic to arrive. How blessed am I ?
Last night I attended the opening of the Spring exhibition at the Suter Gallery , Nelson. I have had two small paintings accepted. They looked good on the wall. One is a snowy farm scene (not my usual style of work) and the other is an abstract impression of a chapel door I saw in Spain. It uses various mixed media to give the look of crumbling walls and old gardens. I received lots of lovely comments.There was a huge range of styles of work submitted, and apparently quite a lot of 'non-selected' work.
Yes, the title of the previous post should have read 'Flax Flowers" Well done to observant people. As my mother often said..".less haste, more speed. "Ok , so mother was right again.Sorry for any confusion. A gorgeous Nelson sunset by way of apology to you all.
Arts Council Nelson has been tasked with organising the creation of the 2500 flax flowers needed to create this installation on Armistice Day 11th November. We have worksheets available and can help to source flax for anyone in the Nelson area who is interested in helping us.We would love to hear from you.
I am developing a new class based on the wonderful paintings of Cezanne.We will hand paint fabrics and draw back into them, and then use both hand and machine stitching to enhance the piece and bring it to 'life'. This is an image of the early stage.
I love Cezanne's work and feel that his brush strokes and colour palette will work well for this class.
Warmer days, lots of little insects crawling around and blossom showing. This little beetle brooch is for sale in the gallery shop at the local Suter Art Gallery.I have enjoyed making these. Each one different (little birds,flowers and some koru designs). My originals.
I spent yesterday afternoon with a clever lady who is helping me to freshen up the whole look of my website. It is so clever watching techy people navigate the IT world. Watch out for the new updated look.Coming soon. In the meantime I am posting a photo of a sample from my 2 Day 'Print to Stitch' class. Spend a day creating interesting fabric from your own stamps, stencils and next day make a small art panel with it.
I have been locked out of my website since May, but all should now be on track again. Watch this space!. I am posting a small mixed media piece I recently completed.